DERRICK Interview with Global Business Leader Vijay Eswaran

November 29, 2017

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Vijay Eswaran who is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist and the author of the best-selling book In the Sphere of Silence. An economist by training, he is the founder of a multimillion-dollar global business, A well-known thought leader in Asia, he has written and spoken extensively about business, leadership, personal development, and life management. His new book Two Minutes from the Abyss published by Networking Times Press is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dreams of yesterday have been surpassed in many ways. I now yearn for dreams of today, which are of far greater significance to me. When I was in my teens, I dreamt of owning a Ferrari. I eventually got one (and it was a big deal at the time!), though getting in and out of it was more of a bother than it was worth! Comfort became a lot more important than speed.

Throughout my 20s, 30s, and 40s, my dreams have dramatically changed in essence, direction and depth. Earlier, my goals were materialistic in nature; today, I am focused more on spirituality and self-actualization.

I’ve come a long way in my life’s journey, and what I have achieved over the years is not as significant, when I look towards my dreams of today. At one point, making a billion dollars seemed an impossible goal. Not so much anymore. And with age and experience I have come to realize that there is only so much one can spend! What I now know is, whatever money you make in this lifetime it is never truly yours. You are merely a custodian of it before it moves on to someone else after you.

That’s why, today I dream of touching a billion hearts. Making a difference in the lives of a billion people and empowering them to live their life as they should. To its fullest potential.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I am a firm believer that education should focus only on helping an individual develop a vocation, rather than find an occupation. I spent years earning a college degree and training to be an economist and ended up working for others for a decade instead of following my heart to become an entrepreneur.

My education became somewhat of an anchor preventing me from leaving the security of the harbour. A part of me resisted the pull because I felt like I was abandoning all those years of hard work and investment I put into earning my educational qualification. I felt I had sacrificed so much to earn that degree and was obligated to put it to good use.

Today, I am still undecided as to whether my education served me in good stead or not. When I look at the top 10 richest men in the world and realize that most of them droped out of college, I am not so sure if my degree was of great use to me, or a great impediment.

However, it is the gap year – I call it the year of ‘debunking school’ – that I found most educational. I spent a year travelling around Europe, which taught me how to live and adapt to different cultures and countries, it taught me empathy, and opened up the world to me and me to the world. It taught me three values that I carry with me until today – Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I am a non-conformist by nature and therefore I have an instinctive need to think out of the box. I cannot walk into a room and simply agree with everything I hear. Many a time when I find my team is discussing and agreeing to go in a particular direction, in my mind I am already looking for another, usually opposite direction. This is not to cause chaos, but to provide a different perspective and ensure that a given situation or problem is being examined from all angles.

I prefer to think of myself as a contrarian, and a disruptor by nature. Many have called me a maverick. My life has been one of lifelong rebellion. Accepting the norm has just never worked for me.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur. I was 35 when I made the decision to give up full-time employment and dive head first into building my company. In my case it was not so much about being ready, but about making that decision.

And that is what I tell anyone who asks me for advice on preparing for entrepreneurship. You start by making a decision. And from there on it becomes a process of making a series of decisions that lead you to where you are meant to be. You rarely make right decisions at the start, but that’s part of the process. I prefer to work on making those decisions right.

If you wait for the right moment to do something, wait for the stars to align, for Venus and Jupiter to cross paths in the sky, you will keep waiting. I don’t think there is such a thing as being ready to begin something. I don’t think any of today’s successful leaders or entrepreneurs were ready to be where they are today. They made a decision and dove right into it.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

There have been so many individuals who have guided me to where I am today, those who I consider my mentors.

My parents have been my greatest mentors. They have molded and guided me to think the way I do. My father instilled in me an important lesson when I was growing up: Service above self. I live my life by that credo.

There have been many others who appeared at various stages in my life who guided me through many ups and downs. Some of your finest mentors in life will come from the more unexpected places. Be open to them all. I have received wisdom from janitors and taxi drivers.

Know that you don’t always need to meet or know a person in order to learn from them or be influenced by them. Among the many great historical figures whose lives and lessons shaped my thoughts and my world, are Nelson Mandela whose life was his most powerful sermon to the world; Martin Luther King who filled me with so much passion and an abundance of fervour as to the equality of man; John F Kennedy who till today continues to inspire me with his brand of optimism and a flair for touching the hearts of those he spoke to, and Mother Teresa, whose abundance of love left a resounding wake in her path.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Every challenge I ever faced felt enormous at the time and left me the better for it afterwards. The ones that I have beaten have taught me what I know, and the ones that have beaten me have taught me what I do not know. Either way, I live for every challenge, for without them it is hardly worthwhile to do what I am doing now.

I have encountered far too many challenges to count. When I first started out as an entrepreneur it seemed as if nothing was going my way. I didn’t have anyone to guide me; no one in my family had any experience with entrepreneurship. I had no powerful connections, or external funding. No one believed I could achieve what I set out to do. But I know I wasn’t meant to waste my life making money for other people. I’m so grateful I found like-minded partners, and the support of my wife. We’ve faced many setbacks over the years and continue to do so till today but I believe that if I don’t face them head on, I’m no longer progressing in my life.

I see challenges as opportunity for growth and progress. In the eventuality there are no more challenges in the offing, then I find myself duty bound to create one— be it for myself or those who follow me!

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

If only there existed a secret key to success, someone would have found it by now. The real secret is that each person must find his own key. I think an important aspect that many young people obsessed with winning at all times don’t realize is that it is dangerous to be successful the very first time. If you have never failed, you will never understand the value of success. It’s better to fail before one succeeds because that is the best way to learn. The worst failure is to allow yourself to be trapped in success.

Success does not teach. The longer you stay in its clutches, the more you regress.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

You life is your greatest gift. Live life well by embracing everything it has to offer. Welcome challenges with patience, and enthusiasm.

Success does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence, perseverance and patience. Success, like life responds in equal measure to your ability to respond to it. Respond infinitely, respond limitlessly.

Visit for more information about Vijay Eswaran and if you are an entrepreneur, expert or celebrity and you are looking for a way to promote you and the things you do then contact us for a DERRICK Interview.

Derrick Hayes is also known to the world as the “enTIEtainer” as he tells stories through neck ties to empower others to greatness.  Book the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting, emailing or by calling (706) 615-1662





March 16, 2009

Wisdom – Others – Resources – Development

 Monday March 16th, 2009 Issue #54

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EECI focuses on personal and professional development for individuals who want to take their skills to the next level. Dr. Outten has been involved in a wide range of consultancy work with the United States Department of Labor, U.S. Health & Human Services, Tampa and Tallahassee Urban Leagues and other Non Profit Organizations, Cobb County School District, Hillsborough County School District, Atlanta Nephrology Center, HRD Press, Positive Management Leadership (PML), All In One Sports, Inc., Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Outten is currently a Dean at Strayer University, a University Mentor at Walden University and on the National Advisory Council with the University of Atlanta. Dr. Outten earned his doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Outten has written numerous articles on soft skills development, leadership, diversity in the workplace, youth development, and most recently published his first book Soft Skills: Developing a Better You.

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 $100,000 PremierPlan Competition Launched to Encourage Entrepreneurship

WDCEP Launches PremierPlan, a business plan competition, with CAPCO funding

Understanding the strain that the current financial market has placed on small businesses the Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s BusinessPremier program has launched a new initiative, PremierPlan, a business plan competition.

The program, which will award $100,000 in investment capital and a package of pro bono services, is funded by DC Certified Capital Company participants, and is held in conjunction with the DC Coalition for Capital.

Additional pro bono business services are provided by Venable LLP and Preferred Office. The goal of the competition is to, “promote entrepreneurship and the development of early stage companies in the District of Columbia.”

 Businesses who meet the requirements, DC-based, operational for at least one year, a small business as defined by the SBA, and satisfy employee residency minimums are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also show that they have failed to obtain conventional financing.

 To assist businesses in developing the most compelling business plans, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership will be holding workshops taught by industry leaders and renowned faculty from partner DC graduate business school programs concluding in May. Applications are due April 20, business plans May 20, 2009.

The winner will be announced at the 2009 BusinessPremier Small Business Awards on July 22, 2009.

 J.P. Morgan Launching Leaders Scholarship

The Launching Leaders gives talented Black, Hispanic and Native American students across the US the chance to fulfill their ambitions and carve out an outstanding career with one of the world’s leading innovators in banking and business. Launching Leaders is about recognizing and rewarding exceptional students – people with unique experiences and diverse backgrounds. It is a fundamental part of strengthening our global business capabilities.

Diversity is something we take very seriously. The number of awards and accolades we’ve won in recent years more than attest to our commitment. However, Launching Leaders isn’t just about doing the right thing (although it is that as well). We’re looking for the future leaders of our business. Our industry moves fast. And it’s essential that we have the right people in place to ensure we don’t just keep up with those changes, but that we continue to lead them. Which means doing our best to find the best new talent.

For MBA candidates, we offer a Launching Leaders MBA Scholarship. Bachelor degree candidates can apply for our Launching Leaders Undergraduate Scholarship or our Launching Leaders Experience event. Either way, you’ll enjoy an experience that has the potential to launch your career in global finance. To participate in a Launching Leaders program, you’ll need to demonstrate intelligence, ambition and a serious interest in global finance.

As we’re sure you’re aware, our recruitment criteria are very stringent. With a reputation of excellence built over 200 years, you’d expect that we only accept the best and the brightest.

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The site is designed to help explore multiple creative talents, to better understand the barriers that can keep us from realizing those abilities, and provide a variety of tools that can enhance personal development.

The concept of “talent development” is one I have borrowed loosely from both academic (high school, college) programs that are designed to help gifted and talented students develop their cognitive and creative abilities, and, to a lesser extent, from corporate programs oriented toward helping adults develop themselves more fully.

Business philosopher and personal development leader Jim Rohn has said, “You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.” The materials on the site can help you do that, with hundreds of articles, books and programs by leading experts in the psychology of creativity and personal growth

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 A few years ago my life hit rock bottom. I looked into the bible and I saw the word woe. I also wanted to see how the dictionary defined woe. Woe meant trials or tribulations. In life a woe to you might be a job loss and to another it might be a broken relationship.

One day I was thinking how I could reinvent my life so I wrote down the word woe on a piece of paper. As the document spoke to me it revealed that woe now meant WOE as in Word of Encouragement. From there I received this slogan. “Before you leave work or go to sleep tonight, give someone a WOE, a Word Of Encouragement.”

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Divine Inspirations Magazine Premier Launch of a new Monthly E-zine

December 12, 2008

 Lansdowne-Divine Inspirations Magazine is a free monthly e-zine filled with awe inspired articles, sermons and poetry to uplift and edify the spirit. Themagazine was formed in 2006 as a newsletter circulated to friends and family. In January 2008 the newsletter officially became a monthly magazine. Our present readership is throughout the United States and 6 Foreign Countries. The readership is currently comprised of 6,000 subscribers. The female reader ratio is 80% and male readership is 20% with age range 25-70.

Qualita Pendergrass is the Senior Editor/Publisher. She resides in Lansdowne Pa a suburb of Philadelphia. In 2006 after completing her assignment on a church monthly newsletter, Qualita followed a vision from the Lord to start Divine Inspirations. Divine Inspirations was started as a quarterly newsletter circulated to friends and family. In 2008 with Editorial Director Teshia Payne the magazine was launched as a monthly e-zine, distributed the first week of every month. New subscriptions are received weekly; the magazine is growing at a rapid rate. Divine Inspirations Magazine will be available in print Fall 2009 for a small subscription fee.

Divine Inspirations Magazine featured articles and poems are Christian based. The writers are from throughout the United States, Austria, Philippines, and Africa. Freelance writers are welcomed and can request Writer.s Guidelines via the Divine Inspirations Magazine website.

The magazine subscription is free. Subscriptions are available via the Divine Inspirations Magazine website

.For sponsorship opportunities, advertising, or donations please contact Qualita Pendergrass, Senior Editor/Publisher at 484-429-5080 or Contact Teshia Payne at for more information

The WORD – Edition #39

December 1, 2008

The W.O.R.D.


 Wisdom – Others – Resources – Development 


Presented by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes



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 Monday December 1st, 2008 Issue #39 






What would it sound like if the elderly started to record what the youth listen to? Click here to find out  


If you are in a business where you want to network with therapists or psychologists on a daily basis then Links for Shrinks is for you. I was referred to it by Allison Mupas who is featured in the Others section.


Are you looking to write your loved one a poem or personalized message but can’t find the right words? Look no further, I’m here to rescue you so you won’t end up in the doghouse. With Christmas and Valentines peeping over your shoulder Im here to write sweet somethings on your behalf so that you can focus on what you do best. The first personalized poem that I wrote not only helped someone get married but they recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Make things right for you by letting me write for you. If you are interested in working with me please reply to this email or send inquiry to  



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If you order a personalized Derricknym at by January 1st, 2009 you will receive a personalized Derricknym for FREE.

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Derricknyms are acronyms with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement. Derrick Hayes shares his gift of Derricknyms with people on a daily basis by simply turning their name into a positive message. Share this opportunity with yourself or someone else is in your life.


To see how your name would look in a Derricknym please see the sample on Once I do your name all you need is a frame.  The Derricknym will have the look of a certificate. Derricknyms have been given to people for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and graduations. Business owners and meeting planners have ordered Derricknyms for their staff at meetings, conferences and events.




1. Allison Mupas, Marriage and Family Therapist


A little about Allison…

I am a licensed therapist with advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy. I utilize a blended approach using post modern, cognitive behavioral, transpersonal and humanistic/existential theoretical framework when working with my clients. I believe the client is the expert in their life and it is my privilege to be able to walk with them on their journey of self discovery and growth.

I have extensive experience working with adolescents, families, individuals including the GLBT community, addictions, codependency and individuals living with chronic and/or life threatening illnesses.

It’s not my job to take you to where you don’t want to go. Rather, it’s my intention to help you discover ways to you can help yourself and become happier and more fulfilled.

I offer free introductory telephone consultations, so that we can talk confidentially and you can easily decide if we could work well together. If you feel we would be a good fit, it will be my pleasure to schedule an appointment. If it turns out that it is not a good fit, then I offer you my heartfelt good wishes for peace and well-being, and will happily give you a referral to another therapist in your area.

Call or e-mail to set up your free phone consultation today (626) 802-7383! My confidential e-mail is You may also fill out the form on my website for a quick reply.



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Book: 32 Ways To Be a Champion in Business by Earvin “Magic” Johnson –

As a young man, Earvin “Magic” Johnson admired his father and other small town entrepreneurs who created jobs and served as leaders in his Midwestern community. He worked for them and watched them, and his interest in building communities through economic development continued even as his basketball career flourished. His fame as an NBA star gave him access to some of the most successful business leaders in the country, but it was Magic’s own entrepreneurial spirit that inspired them to serve as his mentors. Any doubts about his commitment to becoming a businessman were quickly dispelled by Magic’s willingness to listen and learn, and by the work he put into first mastering the basics and then pursuing opportunities as an avid entrepreneur. Magic recognized that densely populated urban communities were ripe for commercial and residential development. He then partnered with major brands like AMC Theaters, T.G.I Fridays, 24 Hour Fitness Centers, Burger King and Starbucks to lead the first major economic push in decades in those minority neighborhoods. The success of his businesses proved that urban residents would welcome and support major brands if they understood their needs. Magic continues to lead a national revival of economic development into neglected urban areas. He is bringing to them jobs, goods and services, and a new spirit of community. 

In this book, Magic explains how he developed his entrepreneurial vision and his sense of mission. He shares what he has learned about the power of economic development as a force for social change. He also offers practical and invaluable “real world” advice on starting, financing, marketing and growing a business, building and motivating a team, spotting and capitalizing on opportunities, forming partnerships and joint ventures, buying and running franchises, serving customers, maintaining balance, and philanthropy.

Magic’s book on business will explore topics including: 
• Developing an entrepreneurial vision and a sense of mission
• Choosing a business that engages all of your talents and interests
• Financing a start-up
• Building and protecting a brand
• Creating a diverse team of complementary strengths
• Motivating employees and being a leader for change
• Finding opportunities
• Listening to customers and serving their needs
• Growing a business through partnerships and joint ventures
• The value of franchise ownership  

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Upcoming 2008 Events:


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October 4th: Mentor Meeting in Atlanta, GA


October 18th: Taping for Conversations With Fathers


October 30th – Long Island Music Hall of Fame


November 8th – Benefit Concert Jacksonville, FL  




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Grow The “F” Up –




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The Power Of Encouragement Thinking


Driving C.H.A.N.G.E. Through Encouragement


Connecting Your Mind, Body and Soul to your G.O.A.L.


Grow The “F” Up 


The Power of  Your WORD: 1 W.O.R.D. Is All It Takes


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